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captioning sponsored by wpbt mickey mouse and hannah montana are joining forces with spiderman and ironman in a deal worth $4 billion. they're not the only ones teaming up. >> susie: when it comes to a second stimulus package, more and more economists say it just doesn't add up. but there's no consensus when it comes to prospects for inflation and the timing of a recovery. >> you wouldn't want to pull the rug from american families trying to buy a house and from the financial system that only now is looking at a stabilizing housing factor. >> paul: that's what some experts say would happen if uncle sam stopped buying mortgage-backed securitys. we'll look at options for reducing the fed spending spree. >> susie: days after announcing a new schedule for its green liner boeing announces a major management shake-up. details in tonight's stock in the news. >> paul: i'm paul kangas. >> susie: and i'm susie gharib. this is nightly business report for monday august 30. >> susie: good evening, everyone. the government needs to stop spending money on the u.s. economy. that's the conclusi
companies before a large crowd in belgrade montana. mr. obama was introduced by katie gib son, a cancer survivor who health insurance was canceled after she was told she had less than less than a year to live. >> today we're talking about folks like katie who have had their insurance policies suddenly revoked even though they were paying premiums because of a medical condition. we're no different than katie and other ordinary americans, no different than anybody else. we are held hostage at any given moment by health insurance companies that deny coverage or drop coverage or charge feas that people can't afford, at a time when they desperately need care. it's wrong. it's bankrupting families. it's bankrupting business. and we are going to fix it when we pass health insurance reform this year. ( applause ) >> reporter: the president repeatedly tried to debunk of the myths that have been spread about health care reform, citing a fay aimed at a government-run insurance plan. >> everybody here who currently has private insurance, you would more than likely still be on your private insurance
effort ever for health care. with three town halls just this week in new hampshire, montana, and colorado. and especially controversial provision is something called end of life counseling. the rumors and the questions have been putting lawmakers on the defensive. >> the democrats tell us all the time that it's the right of every american to have health care. yet it seems this obama plan will systematically deny those rights to certain groups like the elderly. >> we should not have a government program that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma. >> what it says is as a 74-year-old man, if you develop cancer, we're pretty much going to write you off. >> well, you're just not right. nobody 74 is going to be written off because they have cancer. that's a vicious, malicious untrue rumor. pete: so have questions like this derailed the administration's plan to sell health care, janet? >> well, they haven't derailed it. but they've certainly taken it -- the debate in a direction that nobody had expected. and it puts the obama administration and the democrats in congress on the defe
committee, chairman max baucus of montana now suddenly he's gone away, it seems like, or has he. how do you read that. >> there are two chuck grassleys. the one without premiers in washington, but then there is the one without went home. and i gather some of the town hall meetings are happening in iowa, and iowans are good about this thing, are triple the size of normal. he goes home and listens and gets threatened we're going to defeat new 2010. he's up in this coming election. and he doesn't want to get defeated. and that's been, i think, the overall effect of this august. which is a lot of people and parts of the country, the health-care reform is recently po popular but in the midwest in particular and some areas of the south and places like florida, it's quite unpopular. so he has to face the fact do i really want to lose my seat over this. and so i just think it's in some sense a democratic process that is creating the other chuck grassley. >> i think there is en another chuck grassley which is -- >> three chuck grassleys. >> exactly. you know, it's some horrible science fiction movie
've got some democrats who are going along with the industry. max baucus, the senator from montana, for example, the most important figure right now in this health care legislation that's being written in the senate. he's resisted, including a public insurance option in the reform bill, right? >> that's right. >> moyers: why is the industry so powerful on both sides of the aisle? >> well, money and relationships, ideology. the relationships. an insurance company can hire, and does hire, many different lobbying firms. and they hire firms that are predominantly republican and predominantly democrat. and they do this because they know they need to reach influential members of congress like max baucus. so there are people who used to work for max baucus who are in lobbying firms or on the staff of companies like cigna or the association itself. >> moyers: yeah, i just read the other day in "the washington post" that max baucus' staff met with a group of lobbyists. two of them had been baucus' former chiefs of staff. >> right. >> moyers: i mean, they left the government. they go to work
in new hampshire, colorado and montana, states where the president is selling his plan this week, trying to reverse growing dissatisfaction over health care reform that showed up in polls of his own popularity. and with me now to talk about the president assess president obama's term in office so far are two editorial page editors, nolan finley of the "detroit news" and john diaz of the "san francisco chronicle," and two columnists, cynthia tucker of the "atlanta journal constitution" and robert robb of the "arizona republic." john >> john diaz, we have the president pushing back. what do you see going on? has he lost ground on health care? >> he has lost ground, and the thing i would say the president was trying to do today, very wisely in my opinion is reshape this debate, because although we are talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million people who don't have insurance in this country, the fact remains, the vast majority of americans do have coverage and that's really the audience he was going after today, because the thing the president has to persuade them that this i
of those voices and concerns. judy woodruff reports. >> woodruff: from new hampshire to iowa to montana, and points beyond, americans have flocked to town halls to voice their opinions on healthcare reform this august. in charleston, west virginia, larry medley stood outside a recent meeting held by democratic senator jay rockefeller. his sign said it all. >> i don't think it makes a lot sense to, so quickly, surrender 1/6th of our economy to the government.v< i think we... i'm not saying that present h.c.r. system is perfect at all. i'm not saying that at all. certainly, i think that we don't need to jump in and throw the baby out with the bathwater. >> woodruff: amy bord was part of a small meeting with rockefeller. her son has leukemia, and she and her husband recently saw their insurance cut off because it had reached a cap on payments of $1 million. >> we want to pay what we owe, fairly. but we're not able to do that, and nobody's out there to help us. but if we didn't work and we didn't contribute, we wouldn't have to worry about it. and we'd be able to spend the time we do have
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